Published on 07/12/2023
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Professor Shivani Sharma
  • Shivani Sharma will join the University’s College of Business and Social Sciences in January 2024
  • She was recently listed as one of 50 leaders in the UK who bring kindness, transparency and equity centre stage in their approach
  • As a health services researcher, Shivani’s work focuses on making health and psychological care accessible and equitable.

Aston University is pleased to announce the appointment of a new deputy dean people, culture and inclusion in its College of Business and Social Sciences.

Professor Shivani Sharma will join the University in January 2024. 

Shivani is currently based at the University of Hertfordshire where she has held several leadership positions, most recently as head of the Department of Psychology, Sport and Geography. 

Prior to this she was the executive lead for equality, diversity and widening participation in the School of Life and Medical Sciences, leading its first Athena Swan Silver Award as well as spearheading initiatives with institutional impact.  

As an associate dean education, she has been an enabler of innovation in learning, teaching and assessment. Her motivation lies in equipping graduates with the ability not just to navigate but to thrive in ever-evolving workplaces. 

As a health services researcher, Shivani’s work focuses on making health and psychological care accessible and equitable, mitigating disadvantages arising from factors such as ethnicity, economic means, gender, disability and or language. 

She is an advocate for science that is inclusive, amplifying the voices of those impacted by health gaps as central to how care is planned, organised and delivered. Shivani has received national recognition for her sustained contribution to delivering change programmes with demonstrable impact, and in November 2023, she was listed as one of 50 leaders in the UK who bring kindness, transparency and equity centre stage in their approach.

Shivani said:

“I am very excited about joining the College of Business and Social Sciences, especially in a position that prioritises people, culture and inclusion. 

“The University’s 2030 strategy is ambitious, and I look forward to driving partnerships that continually reimagine and redefine the concepts of positive culture, equity, inclusion and their transformative potential.”    

Professor Zoe Radnor, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean for the College of Business and Social Sciences at Aston University, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Professor Sharma to Aston University.

“Shivani's diverse career positions her perfectly for her new role as deputy dean people, culture and inclusion.

“Her passionate commitment to making health and psychological care accessible and equitable aligns seamlessly with our mission at the University. 

“We eagerly anticipate the innovative contributions Shivani will bring, fostering a positive and inclusive environment that resonates with our ambitious Aston 2030 strategy.”
 

Notes to Editors

About Aston University

For over a century, Aston University’s enduring purpose has been to make our world a better place through education, research and innovation, by enabling our students to succeed in work and life, and by supporting our communities to thrive economically, socially and culturally.

Aston University’s history has been intertwined with the history of Birmingham, a remarkable city that once was the heartland of the Industrial Revolution and the manufacturing powerhouse of the world.

Born out of the First Industrial Revolution, Aston University has a proud and distinct heritage dating back to our formation as the School of Metallurgy in 1875, the first UK College of Technology in 1951, gaining university status by Royal Charter in 1966, and becoming The Guardian University of the Year in 2020.

Building on our outstanding past, we are now defining our place and role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (and beyond) within a rapidly changing world.

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